FM 2012 player profile – Carlos Villanueva

FM 2012 best players

written by Darren Smith

Carlos Villanueva

Age: 25

Position: AMC/ST

Club: Al-Shabab

Nationality: Chilean

Value: £1.5 million

Price tag: £1.5 million (in patch 12.2)

Carlos Villanueva’s profile in 2011 (after starting new game, patch 12.2)

Carlos Villanueva’s scouting report from Cagigao of Arsenal

Carlos Villanueva’s profile aged 30 in the year 2016

Carlos Villanueva’s career history until 2016

This FM 2012 player profile of Carlos Villanueva should hopefully provide a relatively unknown cheap option. I only recently came across this FM12 cheap midfielder when Marko (one of our readers) suggested him. The Chilean plays best in AMC but could easily be adapted to MC and used as an advanced playmaker with attack duty. Due to the fact he’s 25 Villanueva doesn’t have much improving to do but he does show the ability to improve those under par physical attributes to an acceptable level. Brilliant for his technique and set pieces this guy is well worth a buy at just £1.5 million but you may struggle for a work permit if playing in England.

Best buy rating: 7.5/10

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  • comment avatar Kwakie April 4, 2012

    cool, such a player (Unknown, cheap, technical good) ive searched a while.

    Should be a good transfer in my next “Midfield”-Save :D

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 4, 2012

      Yeah he does look very good value for money so let me know how he does if you get him.

  • comment avatar N.Loureiro April 5, 2012


    How are you, Darren?

    So question: How do Alex Serrano, Henryk Mkhitaryan, Ezequiel Cirigliano and Simone Verdi turn out and are they worth a profile?

    Also, you said you were gonna make a profile on Ryan Bertrand sometime before the patch came out. You still planning on doing it?

    Also, keep up the good work.

    Cheers :D

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 5, 2012

      Hi mate, I’m fine thanks, after getting over the stress of updating I am now preparing to move house so no rest for the wicked ;) But I’ve taken a look at your suggestions. Both Serrano and Verdi look talented at the start of the game but haven’t progressed in any of my saves, unfortunately its hard to say whether that is the age old problem of low CA and high PA but the CPU hitting it somewhere in the middle during development. The other two players aren’t visible in my future saves.

      As for Bertrand, he will get a profile, but you’ll have to bare with me as the backlog of profiles is horrendous.

      • comment avatar N.Loureiro April 6, 2012

        Thanks, Mate. and enjoy your new house!

  • comment avatar N.Loureiro April 5, 2012

    Also, Villanueva would be a good choice for anyone trying Johnny Karp’s Barça Tactic with a mid-high tier team. He could play the Trequartista role that Messi plays, granted that one has to take in the differences in talent, obviously.

  • comment avatar Junayd Hoque May 12, 2012

    mbaye niang seems to be progressing well at utd… what does he become

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 12, 2012

      We have profiled him and you can find it by looking through the wonderkid list.

  • comment avatar yankdotcom May 14, 2012

    i got him when i was over monaco in ligue 2 and in his first season he was unbelievable 15 goals and 27 assists
    seems to join any decent eurpoean team so would be well worth a look if ur starting with a lower league team

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